Release Lozi treason accused, says Mtonga

President Sata must release the Barotse activists just as he released those incarcerated by the Rupiah Banda government, MMD Lusaka province chairman Watson Mtonga has said.
Mtonga told the Daily Nation that it was unfair to have charged the Barotse activists with treason because the Barotse question has been aggravated by the PF government.
Mtonga said that President Sata knew the implication of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 because he was there during the pre-Independence era when the agreement was being coined.
“How can they charge people with treason on things they even know have been pending for so long? All the past governments tried to handle this matter with caution but the PF government want to use force; it will not work. They should release these people without fail,” he said.
He said the Barotse question was unique, and that it should be handled with caution.
“The former head of state Rupiah Banda was called all sorts of names on the issue, but he tried to avoid what is likely to be seen in the country if the government of the day uses force,” he cautioned.